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Internet Arcade

The Internet Arcade is a web-based library of arcade (coin-operated) video games from the 1970s through to the 1990s, emulated in JSMAME, part of the JSMESS software package.

Containing hundreds of games ranging through many different genres and styles, the Arcade provides research, comparison, and entertainment in the realm of the Video Game Arcade.

  The game collection ranges from early "bronze-age" videogames, with black and white screens and simple sounds, through to large-scale games containing digitized voices, images and music. Most games are playable in some form, although some are useful more for verification of behavior or programming due to the intensity and requirements of their systems.

  Many games have a "boot-up" sequence when first turned on, where the systems run through a check and analysis, making sure all systems are go. In some cases, odd controllers make proper playing of the systems on a keyboard or joypad a pale imitation of the original experience. Please report any issues to the Internet Arcade Operator, Jason Scott.

If you are encountering issues with control, sound, or other technical problems, read this entry of some common solutions.

Also, Armchair Arcade (a video game review site) has written an excellent guide to playing on the Internet Arcade as well.


Below are a suggested collection of games that run at proper speed in a powerful browser. (Firefox is currently the fastest environment, although other browsers should work as well.)

 

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Narc (rev 7.00) by Williams (1988). Special instructions: After the initial check-up screen, press F2, scroll down to "Return to Game Over", and press CTRL. Keys: Player 1:  Movement via Arrow Keys Fire: Left CTRL Key Jump: Left ALT Key Rocket Bomb: SPACE Key Crouch: Left SHIFT Key Narc is a 1988 arcade game designed by Eugene Jarvis for Williams Electronics and programmed by George Petro. It was one of the first ultra-violent video games and a frequent target of parental criticism...
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Sinistar is an arcade game released by Williams in 1982. It belongs to a class of video games called twitch games. Sinistar was developed by Sam Dicker, Jack Haeger, Noah Falstein, RJ Mical and Richard Witt. The title is also a pun on the word "sinister." The player pilots a lone spacecraft, and must create "Sinibombs" by shooting at drifting planetoids and catching the crystals that are thereby released. Sinibombs are needed to defeat the game boss, Sinistar, an animated...
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Bubbles is an arcade video game developed by Williams Electronics and released in 1982. It is an action game that features two-dimensional (2D) graphics. The player uses a joystick to control a bubble in a kitchen sink. The object is to progress through levels by cleaning the sink while avoiding enemies. Development was handled by John Kotlarik and Python Anghelo. Kotlarik desired to create a non-violent game inspired by Pac-Man. Anghelo designed the game's artwork and scenario as well as a...
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Defender is an arcade video game developed and released by Williams Electronics in February 1981. A shooting game featuring two-dimensional (2D) graphics, the game is set on a fictional planet where the player must defeat waves of invading aliens while protecting astronauts. Development was led by Eugene Jarvis, a pinball programmer at Williams; Defender was Jarvis' first video game project and drew inspiration from Space Invaders and Asteroids. Williams planned to display the game at the...
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The object of Mystic Marathon is to guide an elvish looking goblin in some sort of overland race. In most arcade games if you made a mistake you would lose a life, but in Mystic Marathon making a mistake, any mistake, simply meant it was impossible to win the race. Bump into something, oops, can't win. Choose the wrong path, can't win. Press jump at the wrong time, can't win. Williams released Mystic Marathon as a conversion kit only. This was a cabinet specific conversion kit, as it came with...
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by Williams
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INSTRUCTIONS Joust is a platforming game where the player controls a yellow knight riding a flying ostrich or stork, from a third-person perspective. Using the two-way directional joystick and the button for flapping the ostrich's wings, the player flies the knight amidst the floating rock platforms and above pools of lava; when maneuvering off the screen to either side, the player will continue its path reappearing from the opposite side. The rate at which the player repeatedly presses the...
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by Williams
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Narc is a 1988 arcade game designed by Eugene Jarvis for Williams Electronics and programmed by George Petro. It was one of the first ultra-violent video games and a frequent target of parental criticism of the arcade game industry. The object is to arrest and kill drug offenders, confiscate their money and drugs, and defeat "Mr. Big". It was the first game in the newly restarted Williams Electronics coin-op division, and features their notable use of digitized graphics (later made...
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Joust 2 - Survival of the Fittest (revision 2) by Williams (1986) Developed by Williams Electronics Games, Inc. Released 1986 Platform Arcade Published by Williams Electronics Games, Inc. Genre Action Setting Fantasy, Medieval Gameplay Arcade, Platform Perspective Side view Visual Fixed / Flip-screen Interface Direct Control Description The followup to Joust , where players take control of a knight with a lance who rides a flying ostrich like avian to do battle against computer-controlled evil...
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by Williams
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Internet Arcade
by Williams
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High Impact Football (rev LA5 02-15-91) by Williams (1990)
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by Williams
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Players walk around a three-quarters perspective maze shooting at various enemies. After shooting an enemy the enemy's "soul" a dark version of itself attempts to make its way to the top of the screen to an awaiting monster mouth. The player must touch the enemy soul before it gets there or a more difficult enemy is regenerated.
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Smash T.V. (rev 8.00) by Williams (1990) Developed by Williams Electronics Games, Inc. Released 1990 Also For Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Gear, Genesis, NES, SEGA Master System, SNES, Xbox 360, ZX Spectrum Published by Williams Electronics Games, Inc. Perspective Top-down Setting Sci-Fi / Futuristic Genre Action Gameplay Arcade, Shooter Visual Fixed / Flip-screen Description The year is 1999. The world's most popular television show is Smash T.V., an ultra-violent contest...
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Robotron: 2084 (also referred to as Robotron) is an arcade video game developed by Vid Kidz and released by Williams Electronics (part of WMS Industries) in 1982. It is a shoot 'em up that features two-dimensional (2D) graphics. The game is set in the year 2084, in a fictional world where robots have turned against humans in a cybernetic revolt. The aim is to defeat endless waves of robots, rescue surviving humans, and earn as many points as possible. The designers, Eugene Jarvis and Larry...
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by Williams / Vid Kidz
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Stargate is an arcade game released in 1981 by Williams Electronics. Created by Eugene Jarvis, it is a sequel to the 1980 game Defender, and was the first of only three productions from Vid Kidz, an independent development house formed by Jarvis and Larry DeMar. This video game has no connection to the subsequent Stargate franchise that began 13 years later. Legal issues The game is also known as Defender Stargate and Defender II. The latter name was used in home video game releases, due to...
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by Williams / Vid Kidz
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Blaster is an arcade game developed by Eugene Jarvis and released by Williams in 1983. The game is a 3D shooter set in outer space and is a quasi-sequel to Robotron: 2084. The objective is to shoot enemies and avoid obstacles in twenty differently-goaled levels in order to reach paradise. The game had advanced graphics at the time of release, that used scaled sprites to display the impression of three dimensional worlds and asteroid fields. Story According to the opening demo: "The year is...
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by Winkysoft (Banpresto license)
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Denjin Makai by Winkysoft (Banpresto license) (1993) Developed by Winky Soft Co., Ltd. Released 1994 Also For SNES Published by Banpresto Co., Ltd. Genre Action Setting Sci-Fi / Futuristic Gameplay Beat 'em up / Brawler Perspective Side view Visual 2D scrolling Art Anime / Manga Description Ghost Chaser Densei or Denjinmakai doesn't take any dramatic departures from the standard scrolling-brawler plot-line. A city twenty minutes in the future must be saved from a terrorist organization, and...
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by Wintechno
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Magical Cat Adventure by Wintechno (1993) Developed by Wintechno Co., Ltd. Released 1993 Platform Arcade Published by Wintechno Co., Ltd. Gameplay Arcade, Platform Genre Action Setting Fantasy Description Magical Cat Adventure is a 2D arcade platform game. The player controls a magical cat wandering around levels which include a forest, caves, pirate ship, old castle, and heavens. The cat can use many strange weapons, from basic knives to special fire dragons. Extra weapons can be found in...
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by Wonwoo Systems
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Domino Block by Wonwoo Systems (1996)
Internet Arcade
by Wood Place Inc.
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Developed by Wood Place Inc. Released 1986 Also For Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Published by Data East USA, Inc. Perspective Bird's-eye view Genre Action Gameplay Arcade Visual 2D scrolling, Isometric Description A girl is trapped on the top floor of 16 burning skyscrapers, and as a firefighter, your mission is to climb up these skyscrapers and put out the flames that shoot through the building's windows, threatening every single floor. You'll also rescue other people trapped inside....
Internet Arcade
by Wood Place Inc.
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Internet Arcade
by Wood Place Inc.
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Developed by Wood Place Inc. Released Dec, 1987 Also For Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum Published by Wood Place Inc. Perspective Side view Genre Action Gameplay Arcade Description In The Deep the player takes the role of a ship which has to defend itself against a variety of underwater enemies, e.g. u-boats or jellyfish with weapons. All the enemies launch missiles or mines at the boat which can be dodged by moving left or right. Water bombs can be dropped to get rid of...
Internet Arcade
by Wood Place Inc. (Data East USA license)
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Ring King, known in the PAL regions as King of Boxer, and known in Japan as Family Boxing (ファミリーボクシング Famirī Bokushingu), is an arcade boxing game originally developed and published by Woodplace, Inc. in the PAL regions in 1985, and later published by Data East in North America the same year. The game continues the series' theme of comical sports as the player takes the role of a boxer who makes his way from his debut to become a world champion. Ring King, though perhaps...